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The Cincinnati Entertainment Awards: Honoring the Best in Cincy

Back for the 21st year, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards is a celebration of the city’s music makers. There will be performances from current and veteran award-winning musicians, surprise guest hosts, and so many others. Awards are handed out to artists from all genres.

Awards will be presented in 19 categories. The nominees include many artists you hear on Inhailer every day.

Such as:

  • Moonbeau for Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and Best Electronic

  • Lung for Best Music Video, Artist of the Year and Best Live Act

  • Wussy for Album of the Year, Best Rock and Artist of the Year

  • Knotts for New Artist of the Year and Best Indie/Alternative

  • Ernie Johnson From Detroit for Best R&B/Funk/Soul

  • Daniel in Stereo, PUBLIC and The Ophelias for Best Indie/Alternative

  • Leggy for Best Punk

But the CEAs are more than just awards, there will also be several live performances throughout the night by newcomers and veteran local artists, including Inhailer favorites Knotts and Lung. Among the performers for this year’s CEA show are Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler’s Over the Rhine, which was inducted into the CEA Hall of Fame fifteen years ago and also provided a CEA live show highlight in 2007. Another longtime CEA fave, Freekbass, will also perform at the Nov. 25 event. The veteran Funk artist’s live band, The Bump Assembly, lost its longtime keyboardist recently with the passing of Joel “Razor Sharp” Johnson (who also worked extensively with Bootsy Collins). Keyboardist Sky White of the local groups Foxy Shazam (winner for the 2010 Artist of the Year CEA) and J Dorsey Band is joining Freekbass and The Bump Assembly for shows through the end of the year, including for the band’s 2018 CEA slot. Longtime post punk band Ampline, newcomers PHYSCO, 2018 CEA nominees Triiibe, Knotts and Lung (which includes White’s Foxy Shazam bandmate Daisy Caplan on drums) round out the announced performers for this year’s CEA show, but there will be some special guests and surprise performances to look forward to as well.


ALBUM OF THE YEAR The Tillers– The Tillers Us, Today – Computant Moonbeau– Moonbeau A Delicate Motor– Fellover My Own Wussy– What Heaven is Like BEST MUSIC VIDEO Lung – “Butcher” (directed by Kate Wakefield) Passeport – “Blood” (directed by Tyler Billman and Kelsey Wing) The Tillers – “Riverboat Dishwashing Song” (produced by Even Hand, Nola Lee, Alex Hand and Eli Bedel) Triiibe- "Gossip" (directed by Marcus Measimer) Wonky Tonk- "I Don't Mind" (directed by Rich Tarbell) COUNTRY 90 Proof Twang Dallas Moore Band Jeremy Pinnell Joe’s Truck Stop Noah Smith HIP HOP Devin Burgess Patterns of Chaos Raised X Wolves Sons of Silverton Triiibe METAL/HARD ROCK Dear Agony Electric Citizen Go Go Buffalo Life After This Lift The Medium R&B/FUNK/SOUL Audley Ernie Johnson From Detroit Freekbass JSPH Lauren Eylise ARTIST OF THE YEAR The Tillers Lung Triiibe Moonbeau Wussy BLUEGRASS Chelsea Ford & The Trouble Comet Bluegrass All-Stars Hickory Robot Rumpke Mountain Boys Slippery Creek ELECTRONIC Flocks Fritz Pape Moira Moonbeau Passeport INDIE/ALTERNATIVE A Delicate Motor Daniel in Stereo Knotts PUBLIC The Ophelias NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR PRESENTED BY NEW RIFF Oids Patterns of Chaos Knotts Flocks Passeport ROCK All Seeing Eyes Freak Mythology Heavy Hinges Smoke Parade Wussy WORLD MUSIC/REGGAE Baoku Elementree Livity Project Jennifer Simone Queen City Silver Stars The Cliftones BEST LIVE ACT Ernie Johnson From Detroit Go Go Buffalo Lauren Eylise Lung Triiibe BLUES Ben Levin J Dorsey Band Johnny Fink and the Intrusion Noah Wotherspoon Ricky Nye FOLK/AMERICANA Arlo McKinley and the Lonesome Sound Maria Carrelli The Tillers Wonky Tonk Young Heirlooms JAZZ Blue Wisp Big Band Brad Myers Dan Karlsberg The Faux Frenchmen The Hot Magnolias PUNK Leggy Swim Team The Pistol Mystics The Z.G.s Vacation SINGER/SONGWRITER Arlo McKinley Audley Lauren Eylise Noah Smith Wonky Tonk

Where: Music Hall

When: Sunday, November 25. Doors open at 6, ceremony starts at 7

How Much: $20 in advance, $25 day of



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